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Trump’s press secretary walks out of briefing after accusing the media of spreading ‘disinformation’

Indy 100 logo Indy 100 16/12/2020 Greg Evans
Kayleigh McEnany accused of spreading disinformation following White House briefing
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Donald Trump's press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has attempted to call out the media for their apparently biased coverage of the alleged Hunter Biden scandal, accusing them of spreading 'Russian disinformation.'

McEnany who has been at the forefront of defending the president’s many scandals this year and helping promote baseless conspiracy theories about the results of the US election and the Democrats. 

In something of a rant at the press at the White House on Tuesday, McEnany berated the media for their coverage of Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell who has been wrapped up in a story allegedly linking him to a Chinese spy

McEnany said, “There was no coverage, however, of Swalwell being the one implicated with not Russia, but China. In fact, the New York Times website, as of this morning, had not one result for Eric Swalwell’s ties to Chinese spies. Not one result. And when the Swalwell story broke, guess how many minutes of coverage it got on ABC, NBC, MSNBC and CBS? Zero. CNN devoted three minutes and 16 seconds to it. However, it was covered on Fox.”

McEnany continued by bringing up the supposed Hunter Biden scandal which was broke by the New York Post but was considered dubious but many other news outlets. She said, “Interesting pre-election and post-election coverage too on the Hunter Biden scandal which was not covered at all by many outlets in the lead-up to the election.”

She added, "On October 15, you had a New York Times headline that said, ‘Trump said to be warned that he was being given Russian disinformation over Hunter Biden.Now, December 10, just a few months later, your Times headline is ‘Investigation of Hunter Biden is likely to hang over Biden as he takes office. Really interesting turn of events and good for those who covered what was the story all along and not Russian disinformation.” 

At this point, McEnany began to be heckled by CNN’s Jim Acosta who asked the press secretary, “Isn’t it hypocritical for you to accuse others of disinformation when you spread it every day?”

On that note, McEnany stormed out of the briefing without even bringing it to a conclusion and didn’t return. 

Acosta later fact-checked McEnany on Twitter. He shared a clip from earlier in the briefing where she was asked about the president’s thoughts on the incoming Biden-Harris administration to which she said, “he has taken all statutory requirements necessary to either ensure a smooth transition or a continuation of power. ” Acosta pointed out that this was another form of ‘disinformation.’

McEnany has yet to offer a response to Acosta or an explanation as to why she walked out of the briefing but it will most likely be seen as just another controversy from an ever-growing list since she took the job in April.

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